Empoli have announced the capture of Ismael Bennacer from Arsenal on a permanent deal.
The 19-year-old midfielder joins the Serie B side after signing for the Gunners from Ligue 2 side AC Arles-Avignon in 2015.
During his time with Arsenal, Bennacer made one senior appearance for the Gunners, which came in the League Cup fourth-round defeat to Sheffield Wednesday in 2015.
Last season, Bennacer split his time between Arsenal's U-23 side and a half-season loan with Ligue 2 side Tours FC.
Bennacer was born in France to an Algerian father and Moroccan mother and has been capped once at senior level by Algeria.
Empoli were relegated from Serie A following an 18th-place finish in the 2016-17 campaign.